From the Editor
In this issue of Sundoulos we continue our series exploring challenges to the reliability and authority of the New Testament. The Fall issue looked at the controversy generated by sensationalized claims about the Gnostic gospels; in what follows we look at questions raised about the NT canon and whether there was a single “Christianity” in the first centuries of the church.
NT professor Ken Berding outlines the historical process which led to the church recognizing the 27 books of the New Testament as inspired and authoritative. His survey will dispel much of the mystery and confusion expressed by a lot of Christians who simply don’t know how er got the New Testament.
Alan Hultberg, another NT scholar, debunks the currently fashionable “pluralistic” claim that in the early centuries of the church there were several different versions of “Christianity,” all competing for primacy; what we see reflected in the New Testament is simply the version of the party which won the political debate.
Our prayer is that these articles will prove useful as you declare and defend the authoritative Word of God in an increasingly skeptical world.
Sundoulos is published by the Talbot Alumni Association for the purpose of ministering to and communicating with alumni and friends of Talbot. All rights reserved. No material can be reproduced without the permission of the Sundoulos editorial staff.
The Talbot journal, Sundoulos (soon'-doo-los), is designed to serve those who have graduated from Talbot and are in full-time ministry. Sundoulos grew out of an influx of requests for some kind of continued support for alumni as they finished their coursework at Talbot. In 1993, it joined with the Alumni newsletter and received a new format. Dr. Bob Saucy was instrumental in the creation of the journal and describes it as “a way we could bring the fruit of the faculty to alumni.”